House of Commons - Transport Committee: Flight Time Limitations: Follow Up - HC 641

House of Commons - Transport Committee: Flight Time Limitations: Follow Up - HC 641

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Flight time limitations regulate the number of hours that pilots and crew work in order to prevent fatigue. Fatigue contributes 15-20% of fatal aviation incidents caused by human error. In July 2013, Member States of the European Union voted strongly in support of a draft proposal on flight time limitations by the European Commission. Overall, the Commission's draft regulation represents an improvement but concerns remain. Particularly about the apparent reluctance of the Commission when developing these regulations to set a lower limit for the flight duty period at night in accordance with the scientific evidence on this matter. It is disappointing that the UK Government has not pressed for a lower limit. It is also disappointing that a consensus has not been reached on the draft regulations with crew and pilot representatives. It is recommended that the European Scrutiny Committee requests the UK Government to press the Commission to ensure an effective monitoring regime is put in place to examine whether the 11 hour limit is at least as safe as the current regime and that they request the European Commission provide an assessment of the regulation two years after its implementation. The Committee also concluded that: the potential under-reporting of pilot fatigue must be properly recognised if it is to be effectively tackled; information should be regularly published on the use of Commander's discretion to extend their crew's flight duty period if unforeseen circumstances arise; and scientists must have a more central role in the development and assessment of flight time limitation proposalsFollow-up, Sixth Report of Session 2013-14, Report, Together with Formal Minutes and Written Evidence Great Britain: ... revise the current EU FTL requirements received a positive vote in the EASA Committee meeting on Friday 12 July 2013. The draft regulation forms the foundation of all EU FTL regulations and will support the development of further regulations ... These operations include emergency medical services, air taxi and single pilot operations, helicopters and night freightanbsp;...

Title:House of Commons - Transport Committee: Flight Time Limitations: Follow Up - HC 641
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Transport Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2013-09-11


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